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11:55 AM ET, May 23, 2008


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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Why I Will No Longer Support John McCain For President  —  I've never been a fan of John McCain.  Not only is he not a conservative, he may have done more damage to the conservative movement than any other Republican over the last few years.  Look back at the Gang-of-14, global warming …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
McCain's Second U-Turn on Immigration Reform  —  In what appears to be a clear signal that Sen. John McCain feels he has secured as much of the conservative base vote that he can for the general election, the candidate seems to have doubled back again on the question of comprehensive immigration reform.
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Judges Obama, That ‘Young Man’
Discussion: Political Machine and Too Sense
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
McCain Says Immigration Reform Should Be Top Priority
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Lonewacko
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Bad day for John McCain, Part II: anger management  —  When a candidate has well-known anger-management issues, he really needs to be careful about the tone of his statements.  —  Today, John McCain was one of only three Senators who failed to show up for the debate and vote on Sen. Jim Webb's improved GI Bill.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
FORMAL TALKS?  —  CNN is reporting this morning that the Obama and Clinton campaigns are in formal talks about ending her quest for the Democratic nomination and possibly giving her the VP slot.  —  These apparent talks are described by CNN as being in a “very preliminary” stage and as “difficult.”
Joseph R. Biden Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Our Enemies  —  On Wednesday, Joe Lieberman wrote on this page that the Democratic Party he and I grew up in has drifted far from the foreign policy espoused by Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy.  —  In fact, it is the policies that President George W. Bush has pursued …
Associated Press:
McCain appears cancer-free, healthy  —  FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. - Three-time melanoma survivor John McCain appears cancer-free, has a strong heart and is in otherwise general good health, according to eight years of medical records reviewed by The Associated Press.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
McCain restricts access to medical records
Discussion: Wonk Room and Gawker
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
More Than 100 Post Journalists Take Buyout  —  More than 100 Washington Post reporters, editors, photographers, artists and other journalists will take early retirement packages offered by the company as a way to cut costs, reducing the newsroom staff by at least 10 percent.
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
GROUNDSWELL OF CALLS FOR O-HILL UNION  —  Barack Obama yesterday launched his search for a running mate - as Democratic calls for a “marriage” to rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reached new heights.  —  With the party sharply divided after a bruising primary season …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”  It contained the sentence: “I'll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!”  According to the psychologist David Anderegg …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Growing Gaffe  —  WASHINGTON — When the House of Representatives takes up arms against $4 gas by voting 324-84 to sue OPEC, you know that election-year discourse has gone surreal.  Another unmistakable sign is when a presidential candidate makes a gaffe, then, realizing it is too egregious …
Chris Suellentrop / The Opinionator:
And Paul Begala for Vice President?  —  “Tucker Carlson for president?”  That's the headline at the personal blog for Brendan Nyhan, a former Spinsanity editor who is now a graduate student in political science at Duke.  Nyhan says that Carlson, the former “Crossfire” host and former writer …
New York Times:
Talking With the Enemy  —  Everybody knew President Bush was aiming at Senator Barack Obama last week when he likened those who endorse talks with “terrorists and radicals” to appeasers of the Nazis.  But now we know what Mr. Bush knew then — that Israel is in indirect peace talks with Syria …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
At Supreme Court, 5-to-4 Rulings Fade, but Why?  —  WASHINGTON — Where have all the 5-to-4 decisions gone?  —  And whatever happened to the “Kennedy Court”?  —  A year ago at this time, the Supreme Court had decided 13 cases by votes of 5 to 4, out of 41 total decisions.
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Obama Asks Jewish Voters to Judge Him on His Policies
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White House:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Andrew Romano / Stumper:
Obama Hints at Naming Clinton to His ‘Team of Rivals’